Thursday, January 6, 2011

Rhode Island Gov. Ends 287(g) Agreement With State Police

Posted By on Thu, Jan 6, 2011 at 4:19 PM

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In a smart move, newly elected Rhode Island Governor Lincoln Chafee, an independent, withdrew the State Police from its 287(g) agreement with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), which had allowed it to enforce federal immigration law. The Davidson County Sheriff's Department, of course, is a 287(g) participant, and has implemented the jail-enforcement model, allowing Daron Hall's designated deputies to screen anyone in his jail for immigration violations.

The program at large, including Davidson County, has come under fire in recent years — not just from advocates, but from the Government Accountability Office and the Homeland Security Office of the Inspector General — for scooping up undocumented immigrants arrested on petty charges like driving without a license, contrary to ICE's stated goals.

For his part, Chafee said he didn't want State Police enforcing federal immigration law.

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